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Father of the Michigan school shooter, currently facing charges for causing someone’s death, is now alleged to have issued threats while in jail

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James Crumbley’s trial continued in a Michigan court on Friday, following his wife Jennifer’s conviction in connection to their son’s school shooting in 2021. Their son, Ethan Crumbley, tragically killed four students and injured seven others at Oxford High School. Here are the recent updates:

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office confirmed on Friday that James Crumbley, while in custody, made threatening statements through phone and electronic messages. Consequently, his access to the jailhouse phone is now mainly limited to communicating with his attorney, as stated by a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office. The authorities did not reveal the details of the threats or their intended targets.

After the jury was dismissed on Thursday, prosecutors requested restricting Crumbley’s communications to only his attorney and legitimate clergy for the rest of the trial. Despite resistance from Crumbley’s lawyer, an agreement was eventually reached. According to Oakland County Chief Assistant Prosecutor David Williams, Crumbley’s communications will be revoked, but he will still have the ability to conduct research or participate in his own defense, not just communicate with his attorney. These restrictions will be in place until a verdict is reached.

On Friday, James Crumbley’s trial adjourned for the day, as the prosecution ran out of witnesses due to the trial progressing ahead of schedule. Jurors are set to return on Monday at 9 a.m. Before concluding for the day, jurors heard from Detective Joe Brian, one of the investigators who interviewed James Crumbley after his son’s attack.

During the interview, James Crumbley disclosed that the murder weapon used by his son had been hidden in a case, with bullets stored separately. The prosecution presented a video of James and his wife speaking with investigators, revealing details mentioned during Jennifer Crumbley’s trial. James Crumbley mentioned having a handgun hidden in an armoire, and there was an argument the night before the attack about their son’s poor grades.

Testifying about Crumbley’s actions on the day of the shooting, forensic analyst Edward Wagrowski used cell phone data. The data indicated James Crumbley dropping off his son at school, visiting a horse barn, and later receiving urgent messages from his wife about their son’s concerning drawings. Despite these warnings, the Crumbleys did not immediately seek mental health treatment for their son.

The analyst outlined James Crumbley’s movements throughout the morning, including his brief stint as a DoorDash delivery driver after leaving the school. The Crumbleys entered the school around 10:38 a.m., spending approximately 12 minutes in the counselor’s office. Despite the counselor’s advice to seek immediate mental health treatment for their son, they declined.

In a subsequent analysis of text messages, Wagrowski detailed Ethan Crumbley’s concerns about mental health and his interaction with a loaded gun in the months leading up to the shooting. The text messages revealed Ethan’s struggles and the lack of communication in the months following his friend’s departure for residential treatment.

This tragic case has captured public attention, shedding light on the events leading up to the devastating school shooting.

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